The Australian Salvation Army has apologised after a senior official said that gay people should be put to death. Major Andrew Craibe was asked by an Australian LGBT radio station if the organisation believed LGBT people should die.
Major Craibe said: “You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that’s our belief.” He added: “I qualify by way of, that’s where my belief system is structured, you know? It’s what it comes to, that salvation story, and that we can be redeemed from that. That’s my belief.”
Major Bruce Harmer, the Salvation Army’s Communications and Public Relations Secretary for its Eastern Territory, said in a statement: “The Salvation Army sincerely apologizes to all members of the [LGBT] community and to all our clients, employees, volunteers and those who are part of our faith communities for the offence caused by this miscommunication.
“The Scripture in question, viewed in its broader context, is not referring to physical death, nor is it specifically targeted at homosexual behaviour.” He added: “The leadership of The Salvation Army continues to reflect on Christian and Biblical tradition, and especially on the themes of justice and mercy, to further deepen the understandings of our own members and build a more healthy relationship with the [LGBT] community.“We pledge to continue to offer services to all Australians and to treat each person with dignity, respect and non-discrimination.”